Should the Government Mess with the Housing Market?
Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City once said: “Being beautiful is like having a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park: completely unfair and usually bestowed upon those who deserve it least.” Well, clearly the Ontario Liberal government has been watching way too much of that particular 90’s trivia, and in a fit of jealous rage decided to announce this: Foreign buyers tax, expanded rent control coming to Ontario So for those who believe that bitching and whining to get the government to fix stuff is the best way to solve life’s problems, you win! The government FINALLY decided to take […]
Reader Case: Pay Off Debt or Invest
It’s Friday and you know what that means. Time for another reader case! And guess what? This time it’s NOT going to be about renting versus owning. Shocking, right? But hey, I gotta take a break every now and then. I might pull a ranting muscle and then where will we be? Now, the reason why this reader case caught my eye is because they’re dealing with an issue many Millennials face…so many, in fact, that collectively, Americans now own a combined $1.4 TRILLION in student debt, at an average of $30K per student. Yikes! So how do we tackle this common Millennial problem? […]
Why You Should Let Your Kids Fail
You should let your kids fail. OK let’s back up a bit. I know that’s a strange statement. But a reader sent me this article recently: 37% of young homeowners borrow from ‘bank of mom and dad For those of you who are too lazy to click the link, I’ll give you the gist of the story. Basically, an HSBC survey found out that as many as 37% of Millennials borrow from the “Bank of Mom and Dad” to buy a house in Canada. And get this: despite the fact that as many as 73% of buyers haven’t even STARTED […]
Let’s Go Exploring! Merida and Cuzama: Cenotes, Where Have You Been All My Life?
This post was supposed to be about one of my favourite countries in the world, second only to Thailand (hint: it has lots of robots), but since a few readers asked about Central/South America, I’m going to fast forward this week just to give you a taste… *** After going back home to visit family for Christmas, we wondered where we should go next. It was tempting to go back to Asia, but since we had a busy year ahead of us (going to conferences, speaking at the Chautaquas, and attending my best friend’s wedding) keeping us in (or near) […]
How to Travel the World with School-Aged Kids
Whenever we go home to visit, there’s one type of person who annoys me the most. And no, it’s not the Home-Boners who keep telling us we’re idiots for not buying a house. By living an awesome life in early retirement, I’ve already proven them wrong. All I need to do is ignore their shitty “advice”, sit back, and watch their heads explode. It’s super entertaining. You should try it sometime. Anyhoo… So the type of people who piss me off the most when we go back home are… Parents. Specifically nosy parents who complain incessantly about all the work […]